Jersey Shore Personal Injury and Employment Specialists

Compensation options that car accident victims may be entitled to

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2016 | Car Accidents |

After a car accident causes an injury, New Jersey residents would understandably want to know what kinds of compensation they may receive. This is especially true if the accident was not their fault.

Can a person receive workers’ compensation for a collision? According to the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, workers’ compensation is available if the accident occurred during the course of normal job duties. This may include someone running a supply errand for an employer, or a highway maintenance worker who gets into a collision on the freeway.

If a serious car accident resulted in disabling injuries, the victim may be eligible for Social Security benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, these benefits are available for those who worked a job that paid into Social Security, and have a disabling injury that is expected to last at least a year or for life and prevent them from returning to work. Post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety and panic conditions are a common side effect of car accidents, and may render a person unable to work. Social Security benefits may be available for those suffering from these conditions as well, provided they are able to prove that their anxiety disorder makes it impossible to work. People are not eligible for Social Security if their injuries prevent them from working for several weeks to a few months while they recover from injuries sustained in an accident.

Additionally, the person who caused a car accident may be held liable for damages. In this case, it may be necessary to seek compensation with the help of an attorney.